Vermont's winter resorts are celebrating what's shaping up to be a terrific holiday week, thanks mainly to the weather
Jay Peak President Bill Stenger says his northern Vermont resort was already in good shape, with more than a foot of natural snow in recent days and excellent weather recently for making snow. With a big new storm hitting the state, Stenger says that's making for superb conditions as the New Year's weekend approaches.
Many Vermont resorts are reporting that most or all of their skiing and riding trails are open.
Road crews across the region were out early this morning to try to keep ahead of heavy snowfall as the biggest snowstorm in nearly two years hit the region.
The Vermont Agency of Transportation had its snowplow crews out early Thursday morning as the snowflakes began to fall and have kept most major roads in the state passable. Vermont Agency of Transportation Director of Operations Scott Rogers says the storm is what they would expect for a significant snowfall event.
Airports, communities, utilities and emergency responders across the region are preparing for the first substantial winter storm to hit the region in nearly two years.
The winter storm that will bring nearly a foot and a half of snow could cause power outages, travel delays and back aches as people dig out. Clinton County Director of Emergency Services Eric Day says he’s concerned because it is the first winter storm of the year and the first substantial storm in a couple years.
A forecasted heavy winter storm is good news for area ski resorts and winter sports enthusiasts.
The winter storm that is expected to bring up to a foot and a half of snow to the region is coming during a key weekend for ski resorts. The Christmas to New Year holiday week accounts for substantial revenues, and Mad River Glen Spokesman Eric Friedman says a deep natural snowfall will bring more skiiers to the slopes.
Forecasters say some trees and power lines could be dragged down by heavy, wet snow expected to pile up as much as a foot deep in parts of western New York by Tuesday morning.
Shawn Smith of the National Weather Service in Buffalo says a storm moving up the East Coast will bring snow to western New York throughout the day Monday. By the time it peters out Tuesday, there may be 7 to 14 inches of snow in higher elevations of western New York, 5 to 9 inches in Buffalo, and 3 to 5 inches in Rochester.